Need a Kid's Weight? Just Ask Mom

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Just ask mom
The best way to estimate a pediatric patient's weight was to ask the parent.  The Broselow tape was next best in children under 5 years; the Mercy method was best in children > 5 years.

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If you need to know a child's weight, just ask the parent.  It was the most accurate weight estimate in this prospective comparison study.

Source
A Comparison of Pediatric Weight Estimation Methods for Emergency Resuscitation.  Pediatr Emerg Care. 2017 Apr 11. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001137. [Epub ahead of print]

Written by Clay Smith.  Reviewed by Thomas Davis.